We all know that hockey players typically love to play golf. But did you know that New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck is a pretty damn good golfer?
Every year the NHLPA puts out a player poll. The NHLPA asks 600+ players mainly softball questions like who’s the best player or who’s the most complete player. We don’t typically see New York Islanders representation in the player polls.
Although Nick Leddy got a mention in the 2017-18 players poll as one of the fastest skaters in the league.
Looking into it, the players have a point. Cal is a pretty damn good golfer.
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Shortly after I tweeted Cal’s ranking by the players on the Eyes on Isles account we received replies that Cal was a scratch player or that he was a +2.
Now, I don’t know a thing about golf handicaps, index scores or what a scratch player means. I’ve played the game three times and I was terrible all three times. So I spent an unhealthy amount of my day reading about golf handicaps and index scores.
I was also able to find this. According to Golf Digest, Cal Clutterbuck holds a +1.2 handicap. That was back in January of 2020. Now that’s not +2, but obviously these scores shift.
If you’re like me and don’t know much about golf a +1.2 is a great score to have. Some athletes that get a ton of attention for their skills on the golf course, like Steph Curry or Tony Romo both hold worse handicaps than Cal according to Golf Digest.
Steph Curry is a flat 0.0 and Tony Romo is +0.4.
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Cal isn’t even the best hockey player on the links. That honor, according to Golf Digest, goes to Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha who has a wild +3.4 handicap.
I guess the next time you get to meet Cal you’ll know what to talk about.